Healthy Living 8
Oyster Pond Academy
Mr. Zinck’s Communication Plan
Website: aaronzinck.weebly.com (also found as a link on the OPA website)
School Phone: (902) 889-4300
Remind: 902 200-1064 @89md
What materials do students need?
The following materials are required for this course. Please check with your child throughout the year to ensure they still have enough pencils and paper.
What happens if a student misses a class?
Students are responsible to find out what they have missed and get any notes and handouts. They must check
the “What’d I Miss” bulletin board for any missed notes or assignments.
How will the teacher communicate homework?
Homework will randomly be given. In addition to writing homework on the board, a homework reminder will also be sent via the Remind App. Students have been working on goal setting. In PE, they are working on their first fitness assessment. Upon completion, they will set 2 goals based on the assessment and form action steps that can help them achieve their goal. They will need to keep a fitness journal, demonstrating how they are following their action steps to achieve their goal. They will need to hand-in their journals weekly. This will be modelled in class and will begin in early October.
What resources will students use?
The textbook, Health Issues 8 will be used throughout the year. It will stay in the classroom. Students will be given appropriate handouts for studying at home.
This course is divided into 3 units. Within each unit there are many outcomes students will learn, some examples are listed below. Students will have time to explore and apply these outcomes collaboratively and independently. Please see the next three sections of this document to explain how you will be assessed this year in Healthy Living class.
- Healthy Self- ie. depression, mental health, drug education
- Healthy Relationships- ie. sexual health, refusal skills
- Healthy Community- ie. hypersexualization of youth, effects of gambling
How will students be assessed?
Outcomes will be assessed through student observation, conversations, and student performance on assignments, entrance/exit slips, projects, quizzes and tests. The dates of upcoming assessments will be posted on the board in the classroom and on the website. Parents are also encouraged to track their child's progress via logging into PowerSchool. This shows marks on assessments and attendance.
Levels of Achievement
Each outcome is assessed three times, all within about two weeks; therefore students have multiple opportunities to succeed at each outcome. Formative assessments are given when learning a new outcome. This allows teachers to pinpoint any misunderstandings and provide students with feedback, so they can improve their understanding of the outcome and do better on the next assessment with the same outcome.
Every outcome will be assessed on a 4 - 1 scale. 1 or 2 are NOT meeting expectations, whereas 3 or 4 are meeting the expectations.
In‐depth knowledge and understanding of content and concepts. Able to extend the application of related skills.
Competent knowledge and understanding of content and concepts. Appropriate application of the related skills.
Developing knowledge and understanding of content and concepts. Developing in the application of the related skills.
Limited knowledge and understanding of content and concepts. Limited application of related skills.
Report Card Language
There are three terms in junior high school, students will receive three report cards throughout the year. The report card will show a percentage mark for any units taught during the given term.
The following will be used to summarize the science performance pertaining to the Science outcomes:
90-100% - excellent or outstanding understanding of the concepts.
80-89% - very good understanding of the concepts.
70-79% - good performance understanding of the concepts.
60-69% - satisfactory understanding of the concepts.
50-59% - minimally acceptable understanding of the concepts.
Below 50% - not met minimum requirements to show understanding of the concepts.
How can students succeed in this class?
- Be prepared, on time and on task
- Respect your teacher, peers, classroom and yourself
- Be responsible for your own learning
- Clean up after yourself
- Keep all personal electronics put away (unless instructed by a teacher to use them)
I look forward to working with your kids again this year. You are welcome to contact me anytime if you have any questions or concerns. Please see my contact information below: